Karasuyama Line

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Karasuyama Line
JR East EV-E301 Series BEMU 103.JPG
An EV-E301 series BEMU on the Karasuyama Line in March 2015
Overview
TypeRegional rail
SystemJR East
LocaleTochigi Prefecture
TerminiHōshakuji
Karasuyama
Stations8
Operation
Opened15 April 1923
OwnerJR East
Rolling stockEV-E301 series BEMU
Technical
Line length20.4 km (12.7 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNone
Route map
JR Karasuyama Line Map.svg

The Karasuyama Line (烏山線, Karasuyama-sen) is a railway line in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Hōshakuji in the town of Takanezawa with Karasuyama in Nasukarasuyama.

Services[edit]

Trains run approximately once every hour, traveling the entire length of the line. Some trains travel through onto the Utsunomiya Line (Tohoku Main Line) to Utsunomiya Station.

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
Hōshakuji 宝積寺 - 0.0 JU Utsunomiya Line (Some through trains to Utsunomiya Station) Takanezawa, Shioya District
Shimotsuke-Hanaoka 下野花岡 3.9 3.9  
Niita 仁井田 2.0 5.9  
Kōnoyama 鴻野山 2.4 8.3   Nasukarasuyama
Ōgane 大金 4.4 12.7  
Kobana 小塙 2.6 15.3  
Taki 2.2 17.5  
Karasuyama 烏山 2.9 20.4  

Rolling stock[edit]

From the start of the revised timetable on 15 March 2014, a new EV-E301 series two-car battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) was introduced on the Karasuyama Line and Tohoku Main Line between Utsunomiya and Karasuyama.[1] Developed from the experimental "Smart Denchi-kun" battery electric railcar also tested on this line since 2012, the EV-E301 series train is recharged at a special recharging facility built at Karasuyama Station, and operates on battery power over the non-electrified Karasuyama Line tracks.[2]

All of the remaining KiHa 40 series diesel trains used on the line were withdrawn on 3 March 2017, and replaced with EV-E301 series battery electric units from the start of the revised timetable on 4 March 2017.[3]

Former rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

The line opened on 15 April 1923.[4] With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the line came under the control of JR East.[4]

Wanman driver only operation commenced on the line on 10 March 1990, using KiHa 40 series DMUs.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 烏山線でEV-E301系が営業運転を開始 [EV-E301 series enters revenue service on Karasuyama Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ JR東日本 烏山線に新型蓄電池電車導入 [JR East to introduce new battery train on Karasuyama Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ JR烏山線のディーゼル車「キハ40形」 「たらこ色」の車両ラストラン [Last run on JR Karasuyama Line for red KiHa 40 diesel cars]. Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankeu Digital. 4 March 2017. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Japan: JTB. p. 106. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.
  5. ^ JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. p. 197. ISBN 4-88283-125-2.

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